We’re firmly into autumn’s touring season. In Bristol, that means you either need to clone yourself, or monitor set times closely and leg it from venue to venue to make it to everything you’d like to see. If you’re suffering from post-Simple-Things loss and lacking a bit of direction, let Bristol Live be your cultural sat-nav this week.
Thursday 26th October
Kojey Radical – Exchange
Rap’s gone introspective and sensitive? Hell yeah. About time too. Beloved of Lauren Laverne, Kojey Radical brings his iron fist/velvet glove delivery to the Exchange.
Red Rum Club – Mothers’ Ruin
Liverpool peaked musically in the 60s, right? Nope. Get a load of Red Rum Club this Thursday. Bring a friend. Get them to bring a friend. Then you can all listen to ‘Friend of a Friend’ together.
Friday 27th October
Gaz Brookfield – Bank Tavern
Bristol’s finest solo acoustic guy brings his sharply humorous, observational energies to The Bank Tavern to give you the perfect antidote to the working week.
Wasuremono – Salt Café
Dream pop meets krautrock in Wasuremono’s richly-layered soundscape. If hearing their Kaboom! EP again isn’t enough, they’ll also be bringing new tracks from their soon-to-be-released full album.
Sam Green & the Midnight Heist – Old Market Assembly
If you haven’t got the blues yet this autumn, Sam Green and the Midnight Heist ought to sort you out. Wailin’, stompin’, howlin’ and growlin’ are guaranteed, with a 21st Century feel.
Saturday 28th October
COIL – Howling Owl and THORNY present Imma Asher + Elysia Crampton + Colin Self – Brunswick Club
After the sold-out success of the first collaborative COIL show earlier this year, the live art and experimental sound experience returns to give your mind, body and soul a thorough workout.
Manchester Orchestra – SWX
From Atlanta, Georgia, Manchester Orchestra adopted their name from the industrial British city that gave us many a fine musical act. The amount of substance they manage to get into their indie rock out of four guys makes the presence of “orchestra” no accident in their name.
Sleaford Mods – O2 Academy
Originally called That’s Shit, Try Harder, Sleaford Mods couldn’t try any harder nowadays without popping out a few haemorrhoids. Jason Williamson will undoubtedly apply that original band name to all that is rubbish about our current global omnishambles at the O2 Academy.
Sunday 29th October
Wesley Gonzalez – Louisiana
Supported by BLM-beloved, Slonk, Wesley Gonzalez comes to the Louisiana armed with his late-70s/early 80s posture-pop. He called his recent album Excellent Musician; get a ticket and make your own mind up.
Bella Hardy – The Lantern
A double BBC Folk Award winner, Bella Hardy takes the traditional and makes it eminently current. One of those Folk Awards was for Folk Singer of the Year. She’s got pipes. You’ve got ears. Make the link.
Monday 30th October
Slowcoaches – Louisiana
This three-piece from Leeds buzzes with fuzz and a bucket of scuzz. Their gothic-punk 2017 single, ‘Complex’, confirms that Slowcoaches often win.
Little Dragon – O2 Academy
If you’ve had a big weekend and by Monday, you’re hanging, let the perky indietronica of Swedes, Little Dragon start the resurrection, making you feel ‘High’ and ‘Sweet’ again.
Tuesday 31st October
Witch Fever – Crofters Rights
You have to see a band called Witch Fever on Halloween, right? Once you’ve heard a bit of ‘Carpet Asphyxiation,’ you’ll say bollocks to “trick or treat” and embrace Witch Fever’s enchanting scream instead.
Valerian Swing – Exchange
Italian post-rockers, Valerian Swing, ought to give this paranormal night some ethereal, ominous splendour too. Like Mogwai on Mogadon. Don’t tell Jacob Rees-Mogg.
Wednesday 1st November
Lucy Rose – St George’s
You may have enjoyed Lucy Rose at the Arnolfini in July, showing her film to accompany Something’s Changing and playing some of its tracks. Her voice and this space will be an unmissably blissful combination.
Big Thief – Thekla
Big Thief’s indie-folk can shape-shift from towering to timid in the space of a few bars. Adrianne Lenker’s vocals soar. Sometimes they sound tenderly sore. It’s a see-saw. They’re a must-see.
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